Mine waste versus channel sewage
I am confused. There are people in Juneau who are more concerned with having 100 percent clean, purified water running through our swamps and muskegs north of Berners Bay while they give a pass to the city of Juneau to systematically pollute Gastineau Channel and its tributaries with sewage.

Why go to Argentina?
The Alaska Permanent Fund insert in the Jan. 16 Empire included a lovely photo of the Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate, Argentina. We took a picture from almost the same spot in November.

Don't make Alaska a police state
Those who give up freedom for security deserve neither.

Delegation's Abramoff connections disturbing
I think that all Alaskans should be concerned about the connections between Don Young, Ted Stevens and confessed felon lobbyist, Jack Ambramoff.

Enough Murkowski naysayers
As a labor leader and lifelong Alaskan, I am very encouraged at the steady direction our governor is taking Alaska as outlined in the State of the State address.

Coeur has a strange way of agreeing
Coeur's latest ad campaign states in bold lettering, "Alaskans deserve clean water. We agree 100 percent."

Doing right wins the best public relations
Mr. Murkowski feels America's view of Alaska is "sorely distorted."

More disasters in store for 2006?
It's 2006 and we have two and a half years left of George Bush's catastrophic presidency - catastrophic because of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Bush's reactions to these events.

Guardsmen to return Sunday
Juneau is preparing a hero's welcome for its citizen soldiers who return to the capital this weekend after a year's deployment at war in Iraq.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers

Photo: Northern grace
Trumpeter swans fly along Blind River Rapids on Tuesday on Mitkof Island just south of Petersburg.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers

No pass means school on Saturday
Juneau-Douglas High School students had better have a good excuse or a hall pass if caught roaming the halls during class hours starting next week.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Fiddlehead Restaurant owner looks for buyer
Many Juneau residents and legislative staffers returning to town after the holidays are hearing the shocking news: Their favorite restaurant is closed.

Think snow, then taste it
Snow beard: Kane Ginter surfaces Wednesday with a snow beard after sticking his face into new-fallen snow in an effort to taste it.

Photo: Brothers of the year
Jeremiah Beedle, left, accepts his Big Brother of the Year award with his little brother, Chris, 12, during a ceremony Thursday at the Governor's Mansion.

Photo: Twin Lakes hockey
Dane Harlamert dashes after a puck Wednesday on Twin Lakes as Robin Woodby skates in the background.

Juneau Airport Board eyes roof renovation
With little money or idea what the future holds, the Juneau Airport Board Terminal Enhancement Committee decided Thursday to take a first step in addressing the airport's most pressing needs.

Web site calls for attacks on pipeline
A Web site claiming to be affiliated with al-Qaida has called for attacks against the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Morford, O'Halloran to marry
Juneau residents Genia Morford and Gerald O'Halloran will be married at 9 a.m. Feb. 1 in San Diego.

Living and growing: Words of wisdom from a child: 'You have nothing'
You are probably aware of the story of the emperor's new clothes.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the residents of Juneau

Student artist in the spotlight: Franky Gonzales
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Neighbors helping Neighbors: American Diabetes Association
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

News about the people you know

Photo: Pacific Challenger
The tug Pacific Challenger waits for the tide to change at about 9 a.m., Jan. 6, in Gastineau Channel.

Alaska editorial: Governor's proposed campaign makes sense
Gov. Frank Murkowski, in his State of the State address last week, made a point to legislators that most Alaskans have made to each other over the years: "The nation's view of Alaska is sorely distorted."

My Turn: Allow afflicted babies a death with dignity
Ronald Reagan said, "I know that when the true issue of infanticide is placed before the American people, with all the facts openly aired, we will have no trouble deciding that a mentally or physically handicapped baby has the same intrinsic worth and right to life as the rest of us."

Alaska editorial: Skeptics play role in gas line negotiations
House Republicans should get a nod of appreciation for inviting the former commissioner of the state Department of Natural Resources to discuss his concerns about the Murkowski administration's efforts to secure a contract with three major oil companies to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

Alaska editorial: Without earmarks, bridges lose appeal
Can you hear that infectious sound of troops whistling "Colonel Bogey's March" from the movie "Bridge on the River Kwai?"

My turn: Alaska senators face a moment of truth on Alito
Sen. Ted Stevens and Sen. Lisa Murkowski are currently faced with a vote in the U.S. Senate that will forever define them and will chart the nation's course for a generation.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll
standings for this week

Alaska Class 4A Wrestling Rankings
according to akmat.org

Bears look to get defensive against Kings
Fans can expect to see a little more defense in this weekend's Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team's game against visiting Ketchikan.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Protecting the glass key for Crimson Bears
Throughout most of the season, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team has utilized strong second halves to win games.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Ordway Basketball League Standings
as of Jan 15

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Ice carving festival is still in talks for 'Ice Age 2' opening
It won't quite be the star-studded premiere organizers of an ice-carving festival had envisioned, but the event will still feature huge sculptures of Scrat, Manny and other cartoon characters in the upcoming sequel to "Ice Age."

Steady fight to keep the capital
Alaska Committee members again find themselves defending against a threat to move the capital, but say their method is not to respond in knee-jerk fashion.

Senate merges criminalizing pot, meth restrictions
Despite protests from Democrats, the Alaska Senate agreed Wednesday to merge the recriminalization of marijuana with restrictions on the sale of over-the-counter drugs used to make methamphetamine.

Senate gives thumbs-up to marijuana bill
The Alaska Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would give Gov. Frank Murkowski ammunition as he tries to overturn a 31-year-old court precedent allowing marijuana in the home for personal use.

Lawmakers, oil firms at odds over Slope development, tax
A group of Alaska lawmakers and former Gov. Walter Hickel say oil producers are intentionally delaying construction of a $20 billion natural gas pipeline and the time has come to pressure them into a deal.

Legislators delve into alternative economic options
With a revenue surplus of $1.2 billion and everyone sticking their hands out, Alaska legislators are turning to experimental economics for answers.

Ketchikan sawmill closes, cites red tape
One of the few sawmills remaining in the giant Southeast Alaska rain forest has closed.

Lawmakers hear plan to expand deadly force
The places where a person could justifiably kill in self-defense would be expanded under a bill now working its way through the legislative committee process.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation,and the world

Southeast fishermen reach compromise on Taku fish
Southeast Alaska fishermen are getting down to the fine points on how to split up a lucrative fishery for Taku River king salmon.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Legislators hear pitch for oil taxes
Countries with progressive production taxes are seeing huge cash influxes at today's sky-high oil prices, and Alaska is missing out by holding on to its antiquated tax system, Gov. Frank Murkowski's top oil consultant told lawmakers Wednesday.

Ketchikan moves closer to building cruise-ship dock
Ketchikan is moving closer to building a new cruise ship dock to be ready for the 2007 cruise ship season.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Drew, Truax to play mini-concert at Holy Trinity
Gold Street Music, the informal monthly gathering of musicians that's congregated on the first Saturday night of every month since October, will hold its first mid-month concert Saturday, Jan. 21, in the sanctuary at Holy Trinity Church.

JUMP festival time again
The Juneau Underground Motion Picture (JUMP) society's annual mid-winter festival opens at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at the Backroom at the Silverbow Inn.

news of local arts

TRAPPED: Juneau residents build a replica of a centuries-old fish trap found in 1989
Basket-type fish traps played a crucial role in the foundation of Northwest Coast culture. They allowed people to gather pounds and pounds of fish for the winter, and therefore, establish semipermanent villages.

Volitar invades again
When Juneau musician Andy Engstrom last visited the remote mining post of Volitar, on his 2002 rock-opera concept compact disc "Murder, Mystery, Mayhem," the region was in dire straits.

'Seussical' the musical plays Juneau
Like Dr. Seuss himself, "Seussical," the two-act play that stars dozens of characters from some his most famous books, is short on dialogue, heavy on the lyricism.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Another second stage play at Perseverance
"TAPE," a one-act, three-actor play about two high school best friends from Michigan and their recollections of an alleged rape 10 years earlier, opens in Perseverance Theatre's Phoenix Room on Thursday, Jan. 19, for a six-night run.

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